| | 10-18-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Author #1
Help: Shopping for a laptop
Current I am searching for a new laptop, unfortunately there are so many things out there on the market I am uninformed on and so much information out there that every time I start to look at specifications, form factors,processors, video cards, weight, battery life, USB ports, and various other things, it is almost terrifying to look around.
Right now I am using an HP 530 with roughly around 150GB of hard drive space, with what appears to be a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, and 2GB RAM. It runs on Windows Vista Business, with Ubuntu on the side which I occasional use. I have replaced the fan, screen, keyboard, battery, a ribbon cable, and fan, at least once while adding an additional RAM chip making it 2GB RAM. Applications I use frequently are Chrome, Microsoft Office Suite Student and Home 2007, Winamp; devices I use with my laptop are various BlackBerry phones, a BlackBerry PlayBook, an USB DAC, various MP3 players, and an extended monitor. If you could only imagine, my laptop is asking to be put out of its misery.
I like to consider myself the casual power-user, the ones that need power frequently but are far from some hardcore gamers, those that enjoy having a number of applications-with many tabs opens on browsers-with the ability to seamlessly switch from one application to another via shortcut keys. Listed below are some things I feel I need and are listed as bullets to make them easy to point out. What I feel I need is something with:
Enough battery power.
A medium-large screen
Enough power to handle both work and play-sometimes at the same time.
At least 500GB hard drive, would be nice but I could settle for no less than 200GB.
A decent sound card so I do not always have to use a USB DAC when I am on-the-go,
Something versatile, durable, ergonomically friendly, and could last at least 5 years with upgrades and well price replacement parts.
An internal optical drive-maybe, maybe not
Around less than 2kg (4.5lbs).
At least 2 USB ports.
An HDMI or DVI output
Something within a budget of no more than $550 before tax.
Maybe I am asking for too much especially with the price point, maybe I am asking for too little, although I can hardly believe that. The operating system is not too important to me; if its runs Windows, I would probably dual-boot some variation of Ubuntu; if it runs OS X, I would probably dual-boot Windows or Ubuntu, maybe even all three for the fun of it.
Ideas anyone? Perhaps questions you could probably ask that would allow me to narrow down what I truly want and need? Go for it.